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review 2018-05-21 02:02
Nova - Margaret Fortune

This book was mostly a young adult romance with a saboteur thrown in. It ended okay, maybe a little cliffhanger-ish. I'm not sure if the author is planning on writing more books regarding these characters. 3 stars


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review 2018-02-15 00:00
Terra Nova
Terra Nova - Shane Arbuthnott Terra Nova - Shane Arbuthnott Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review consideration.

On the surface, Terra Nova is a beautifully written follow-up to Dominion, the first book in the Molly Stout Adventures. It takes us back to the world of Terra Nova and plunges us into Molly’s life shortly after the events of Dominion. It’s fast-paced, filled with action, and a sheer pleasure to read. Terra Nova is a world where instead of building on the back of human slaves, denoted as less worthy by skin color or some other chosen arbitrary measurement, we harnessed the power of some more beings more obviously ‘other’. It gives us a steampunk world only a few steps removed from our own.

I zoomed through Terra Nova, reading it in a couple hours. From the very first page, Arbuthnott had me entranced and right back in the thick of it beside Molly. My stomach was churning, my emotions were roiling, and I was completely absorbed in this book. He is a fantastic writer, and I thoroughly enjoyed his story-telling abilities and the fictional aspects of his work.

But I want to talk about the other part of it, as well.

Terra Nova is a call for young people to realize their worth, their power. To understand that they have a voice, and if they use that voice, they can get things accomplished. It is a call to arms for a younger generation to lead others down the right path, to do what everyone else seems afraid to do. To not be a sheep.

"I wish we could just go flying together instead of always skulking around, Molly thought. But if that's what I want, I guess we have to make a world where that can happen."

But it's about more than that as well. It's about growing up. About realizing that while you need to own your mistakes or consequences, you need to recognize that some are not yours to make or take on.

It's a solid story, with great writing. Terra Nova makes me simultaneously want to stand up and applaud, whilst also making me squirm uncomfortably. Because this also spoke to me as an adult. Terra Nova reminded me that it is my job to guide my child, but it is not - nor will it ever be - my job to rule my child. If at some point in the future, she gets set on doing something she believes is the right thing, my job will be to keep her as safe as possible while she does it, not to stop her from doing it.

Sometimes a book comes along that rocks you back on your heels, smacks the self-pity, the selfishness, and ignorance out of you, and makes you ashamed of your own timidity. And sometimes that book happens to be a kids’ book.

Read Dominion, and then read Terra Nova. Read them for you. Read them for your kids. Read them to your kids. Let your kids read them and ask you questions. I don’t care how you do it, I’m just asking you to do it.

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review 2018-02-08 00:00
Terra Nova (The Terra Nova Chronicles Book 1)
Terra Nova (The Terra Nova Chronicles Bo... Terra Nova (The Terra Nova Chronicles Book 1) - Richard Fox Terra Nova was a mixed bag of a read for me. I don't know if it's how the writing ws split between the two authors or what. While I was super interested in the first 30 percent or so, and thought I was in for a treat, by the time I had hit 50 percent, I had completely lost interest in what I was reading. I pushed on for a bit after that, and luckily it picked back up, but I never quite regained my former interest in it.

I liked the setup for Terra Nova. I think that the authors did a great job of giving us an interesting crew. There was some instant drama with the inclusion of a lead Pathfinder at the last moment who was not someone the captain would have chosen.

The idea of going to a colony that's supposed to be thriving is not a new one, but the creepiness factor cannot be denied. When the Pathfinders first landed at the colony, I was very intrigued and eagerly reading to find out what was going on. Even the 'aliens' were interesting and I couldn't wait to see where they were going with it. However, shortly after this, with the plans that are made and trips that are taken, everything started to fall apart.

I think the point where I really lost interest in Terra Nova was the introduction of the human slave/leader that had a connection to someone aboard the newly arrived ship. When that particular piece of drama started up, I just sighed. There are really no new ideas anymore, but there are some that just need to be left alone for a while. That particular occurence was one of them.

The dialogue and pacing for Terra Nova were fine. The authors are good for giving you a grounded, well-described setting. The attacks were fun to read. I loved the idea of the "Doughboys".

Overall, Terra Nova wasn't really a bad book, but the middle was a slog to get through. If you can tough that out, the other parts are worth it.
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review 2017-10-02 17:55
The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga) - Elise Kova


    I have to say I really enjoyed this sequel to The Alchemists of Loom! It had everything I look for in a sequel, compelling character development and riveting plot progression. I liked the Alchemists of Loom, but I LOVED The Dragons of Nova. 



I am so happy we got a better view of Nova in this one, and all the juicy dragonian politics that come along with it. I found Arianna's time there so engrossing, being completely surrounded by the dragons she despises, even (if rather reluctantly) working with them to bring down the biggest, baddest one of them all. Seeing Cvareh in his natural habitat was also a treat. I think that he was so out of his element in the first book that often he seemed to be floundering, but in Nova we got to see this other side to him, one where he is well respected and a real pillar of strength to his people. 



As much as I liked Nova, I was also glad to continue Florence's journey with the rebels, and even more so her personal journey. It was nice to see her stepping out of Ari's shadow and really coming into her own. Florence had learned a lot of invaluable things from Ari, but watching her discover the world around her for herself and deciding on her own what is important to her and what to fight for. 


That ending was EXPLOSIVE, and I am dying to know what is going to happen next. I honestly can't wait to get my hands on the next book! 

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review 2017-07-25 12:00
Book Tour Review that I am Involved with. So Freaking Awesome!!!!!
The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga) - Elise Kova
THE DRAGONS OF NOVA BY ELISE KOVA BLOG TOUR – DIGITAL ASSETS Tour Date: July 17-28, 2017 Link to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31686500-the-dragons-of-nova Purchase Links: Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks Link to Tour Schedule: http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-the-dragons-of-nova-by-elise-kova/
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The Dragons of Nova (Loom Saga #2) by Elise Kova Publication Date: July 11, 2017 Publisher: Keymaster Press
Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh. While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills — and quick-shooting accuracy — makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons. Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.
My Review
I really enjoyed this book a lot too, even though it took a little bit longer to get into, compared to the first book. But even though I still liked this book a little bit more than the first one. I think that's because of the last half of the book, so much happens. There are some deaths especially one very surprising one, at the end. Cvareh is still my absolute favorite of all the characters, I really love how he feels towards Ari, and I feel that after this book, I would love for them two to get together in the end. Flor really surprised me towards the very end of the book, and I am not sure about how I feel about what she did. She is sure changing compared to what she was like, in the beginning of the first book. Something's that happened in this book is sure going to make the last book in the series very interesting. And I can't wait until December to find out what that is going to be. I am so happy I was chosen to take part in the book tour for this awesome and action packed book.
Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the Loom Saga
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